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Grateful Dead Live at Springfield Civic Center on 1974-06-30


Topics Live concert


Don't Ease Me In, Black Throated Wind, Peggy-O, Jack Straw, Loser, Greatest Story Ever Told, Cumberland Blues, Dire Wolf, Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Playin' In The Band Phil & Ned*, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Big River, Scarlet Begonias, El Paso, U.S. Blues-> Truckin'-> Eyes Of The World-> Stella Blue, Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> One More Saturday Night


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Springfield Civic Center
Location Springfield, MA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBDMR > DATx2 > CD > SHN > WAV > SHN

Notes

SBDMR > DATx2 > CD > SHN > WAV > SHN; Soundboard: DAT > CD > SHN transfer by Dan Lynch; Final editing and AUD patching by Noah Weiner

Reviews

Reviewer: DeadGoose - - October 9, 2013
Subject: Greatest Story Ever Told
'74 is one of my all time fav years, but Donna destroyed many a good tune in my opinion. GSET is one of them...this one I did not hear Donna and it was tight as ever. In regard to the not so great reviews of this show, I would generally agree it isnt a huge stand out. I thought the Cumblerand was hot and the Scarlet was in line with other shows of this time. The Eyes was not as stellar as other shows.

Anyway, cannot complain about this archive too much. Thank G*D for it. ;)
Reviewer: lp357 - - August 1, 2012
Subject: important listen
I felt like today of all days I should listen to a good show. Ive been stuck in 72 for a while so i thought I'd go down the road a bit. This is a great show I've never really gave it the hard listen it deserved, my loss I always love when I feel like Ive discovered something ive missed. First set ends on grate playin uncle john's 2nd set has alotta original improve. My son is breathin down my neck to get on line so 5stars great show worthy of a birthday play.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JERRY!
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - January 17, 2011
Subject: not the best
i don't think this performance is quite as strong as many of the others of June such as 6/16, 6/18, or 6/23, but that's not to say there aren't some good moments.

the scarlet and china>rider segue are bot rather mellow but very well jammed, and the cumberland and NFA are excellent.

despite what some other folks said, i find this Eyes to be rather weak ; at over 22 minutes, i thought this version would be typically epic, but there are some very shaky moments during the minor key breakdown, and then the jam just peters out rather early into quite noodling...Zzzzz...

3 and 1/2 stars for this.
Reviewer: BamaDead - - June 6, 2009
Subject: Dancing is the common denominator
I had been listening to the Dead for a couple of years by the time the summer of 74 rolled around, but had never seen pictures or video of the band except for album covers. One night the guys are out back drinking, and the Dead get their turn on the turntable, and my best friend, who had never listened to them before, started dancing and moving that I later saw at many Dead shows later. He passed away before he had a chance to see them, but it always was a curiosity to me how and why he moved the way he had that night, with nothing but the music to go by.
Reviewer: swinnies - - December 14, 2008
Subject: 74 Hits Hard!
Anything from May-June 74 matches anything in my book as far as quality goes for a "run". Even 77. These shows simply whoop ass.

The best G-SET I've heard is 5-19-74 for the unique riff they pull out but this is a GRATE version as well..

Do yourself a favor and listen to this era of shows, it will blow your mind!
Reviewer: Dead_head42069 - - October 6, 2008
Subject: UJB
well the first days are the hardest days don't you worry anymore.
Reviewer: hitmeister - - June 9, 2008
Subject: Good Ole'
This is a great, fun show. It's tempting to rate this 5 stars, but then I remember how amazing the band can be on their very best nights. Still, this is the kind of show I can listen to again and again. The band just sounds sooooo into it. Highlights are the jam after Truckin' and the NFA in addition to the first set Playin/UJB sandwich.
Reviewer: sky dog - - February 9, 2008
Subject: Great show
Great show, but you call that a Slipknot doodle?

Try checking out the Eyes of the World from 6-9-1973 at RFK. A full year earlier and it's a much more prominent and developed theme than here.
Reviewer: ccclyde - - December 27, 2007
Subject: Slipknot
Slipknot also makes an appereance on July 25, '74, in Chicago. A full 3 minutes of it. Pretty cool.

Great show.
Reviewer: billykfan - - November 8, 2007
Subject: got some things to talk about
uncle johns is always one of my favs. this is a great version with Playin around it. love the early 70's stuff. it really goes to show you how good these guys were. i saw somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-15 shows and they were all AMAZING. funny thing is, that in my humble opinion, none of the shows i saw were even close to what was coming out of them in the late 60's/early 70's period. i also loved the mid-late 80's. brent really injected a passion i feel had been gone since pigpen died.
i feel like i'm writing a comment for the archive seth. i might have to post this.
Reviewer: tree-ap - - June 18, 2007
Subject: yea, another 5 Star '74 performance
@ the end of PITB, about 17 minutes, Phil blows up a few stars (suns) just before a magical transition into UJB---WOW!!!!!

I really enjoyed Cumberland Blues in '74, and this one doesn't disappoint.

Regarding the rest of the show, hey, it's the Summer of '74---what more is there to say?
Reviewer: rollandfin - - November 7, 2006
Subject: peggy o
love this show for the peggyo among others, they played this tune about 8 times all year, sparce but cool thru 74-76, before it was drumed up in 77, keith jerry and phil are exsplosive in that 1974 way, very cool year. this show is certainly overshadowed by 6/18 6/16 6/23 and probubly rightfully so. but not worth missing

email me at fieldhouse11277@hotmail.com happy to share with some good listeners.
Reviewer: just my jazz you crazy snoz - - January 14, 2005
Subject: did i say 5?
one of the best damned shows i never saw. art, here before my ears. this is why henry ford invented the garage!
Reviewer: Tom Dewey - - November 24, 2004
Subject: Slipknot Doodle.
This show was my first live tape. Got it about 6 months after the show. It was the first of many hundred to follow. Some great jazzy, spacey stuff here during Playin'.
The Slipknot doodle is about 40 seconds into the second round of Playing in the Band (Right after Uncle John's). Is anyone aware of any other early remnants of this Blues for Allah stuff in '74?
Reviewer: Mr Charlie - - June 2, 2004
Subject: Fun show
While not as stellar as others from this period I always get the feeling the band was having a great time during this show. Just listen to Jerry make Bobby laugh after the "Gideon came in..." lyrics in GSET. The Playin > UJB > Playin' sandwich is juicy too.
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